Aboriginal Sexual Health and BBV Program Officer (Youth)

Job No: AHCWA1208
Location: Highgate, Perth WA

Location: Highgate, Perth WA
Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Category: Fixed Term to 30 August 2023 with the possibility of extension
Remuneration: $70,640.77 - $80,059.55 per annum pro rata + superannuation + salary sacrifice

Pursuant to Section 50(d) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA), the occupant of this position must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

The Sexual Health and BBVs Program Officer (Youth) directly reports to the Sexual Health and BBVs Program Coordinator and is accountable to the Executive Manager Public Health and Continuous Quality Improvement (PHCQI).

The position is primarily responsible for coordinating an increase in testing and treatment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Western Australia through education sessions, and Health Promotion messaging.

The Sexual Health and BBVs Program Officer (Youth) will facilitate a program aimed at delivering culturally appropriate education to Aboriginal communities, to increase health literacy and knowledge of STI and BBV prevention, and testing and treatment of STIs and BBVs.

The program offers a holistic view of health involving Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Drug and Alcohol misuse, Healthy Relationships and other Sexual Health topics. This role works collaboratively with the Sexual Health and BBVs Program team to effectively deliver key program deliverables, and is supported by the Sexual Health and BBVs Program Coordinator in the implementation of strategies to the target group.

To view the full position description and selection criteria, click here or visit https://www.ahcwa.org.au

About You

To be considered for this position, you must have:

  • Aboriginality is an essential criterion and is provided for in accordance with section 50(d) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA).
  • Relevant knowledge, skills and/ or experience within community or public health.
  • Possession of a current Western Australian Working with Children Card.
  • Proven ability to mentor Aboriginal youth, ideally within the health sector with a strong understanding of youth engagement strategies.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues that impact on young people in urban, regional and remote communities.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to develop strategies, ideas and opportunities to resolve issues in a timely and effective manner.
  • Knowledge and/or an understanding of the issues affecting the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities throughout the state.
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills including consultation skills and the ability to proactively establish and sustain effective stakeholder relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to uphold the principles of cultural safety including an ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Ideally, in addition to be above, we are looking for someone who:

  • Possesses a relevant clinical qualification i.e. Aboriginal Health Worker / Aboriginal Health Practitioner or Registered Nurse;
  • Can demonstrate their experience in planning, implementing and evaluating public health programs, education and training for a diverse range of audiences; and
  • Has experience working within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector and a strong understanding and commitment to the sectors principles.

The position involves working within a multicultural organisation where the majority of employees, clients and stakeholders identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Please note: In addition to the above skills and experience, the successful candidate will require an unrestricted WA “C” Class Driver’s Licence, and be required to submit a National Police Clearance (dated within 3 months) and WA Working With Children Check prior to appointment.

Applicants for this position must be legally entitled to work in Australia and will be required to provide evidence of this entitlement, such as an Australian or New Zealand passport, birth certificate, or foreign passport with a relevant working visa.

In accordance with AHCWA’s COVID-19 Safety Policy and Procedure, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated (including any booster shots as required) against COVID-19. Applicants will be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination prior to appointment. This includes either an immunisation history statement or a COVID-19 digital certificate.

About the Benefits

While you will face diverse new challenges in the role, you will also enjoy an attractive remuneration package including a base salary of $70,640.77 - $80,059.55 per annum pro rata plus superannuation plus salary sacrifice. You'll also gain access to generous salary packaging options, which will greatly increase your take home pay. In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including:

  • Flexible work arrangements and a family friendly work environment
  • Support to further invest in your career through additional training and development
  • Up to 10 days’ Study Leave per year
  • 17.5% Annual Leave loading
  • Bring Your Dog To Work Day
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Up to 2 days’ Volunteer Leave per year
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives

Please note there is no closing date for this position. Applications will be assessed on submission and interviews scheduled accordingly. We encourage interested candidates to express their interest without delay!

For further information about this position please call Kimberley Biggs, People and Culture Advisor on 08 9227 1631.

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About the Organisation

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is the peak body for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in Western Australia. We exist to support and act on behalf of our 23 Member ACCHS throughout WA, actively responding to their individual and collective needs.

Governed by an Aboriginal Board of Directors who represent all regions in Western Australia, AHCWA aims to promote and strengthen the ACCHS’ Model of Care; a model that is built around the delivery of comprehensive, holistic, and culturally secure primary health care services.

AHCWA is a community organisation that focusses on making a difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people. We work together as a team; to respect and understand the social and cultural needs; to network; to provide support; to advocate; to influence policy; to monitor performance; and to build work capacity to help improve and strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people and their communities.

AHCWA is centrally located on the bustling and vibrant Beaufort Street café strip, and offers a flexible and family friendly workplace with a wide range of benefits to suit all employees.

AHCWA also has a training and development centre that delivers a variety of training programs and short courses to enhance the capacity of the ACCHS workforce.

The organisation operates on the foundational pillars of Aboriginal leadership, self-determination and cultural diversity that underpin and shape the way the organisation conducts its business.

These values are designed to guide and promote a strong, high performing organisational culture that is responsive to the state-wide needs of our Member Services and assist us in delivering our vision.

Culture | Resilience | Accountability | Collaboration | Passion | Integrity

To find out more about AHCWA, visit our website at www.ahcwa.org.au

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